I just realized it's been about seven months since my last blog posting - what have I been up to? Attending book readings, getting things signed, cataloging books, buying & selling, picking - packing - shipping, etc. The time really does fly when you are having fun. Also mowing the lawn, keeping up with the garden, growing the hops, brewing the beer, etc....one can't spend their lifetime with their nose in a book.
Some fun things to report since last posting: attended a Chuck Palahniuk tour stop in Minneapolis during his Damned Book Tour, got to meet & greet and got some things signed again. Closed out the Christopher Paolini 4-book 'Inheritance' series with a tour stop at Anderson's Bookshop in Downer's Grove; a nice series to have all signed 1st/1sts in my 'I still want to be a kid' bookshelf. Also picked up a few 1st/1st Harry Potter (various titles) signed by illustrator Mary GrandPre (a Minnesota native and MCAD graduate). Lastly, after waiting about 8-9 months, I was sent back my care package of Junot Diaz signed books. I was able to get in contact with his publicist, somehow talk her office into allowing me to send a package of 'a few' (5) obscure journals & short story literary magazines and have him sign them when he was in next - a first for me. The last time I tried this I was eight years old, decided to mail my cherished Jose Canseco baseball card to have him sign and mail back...I never saw it again. All in all it was a good seven months, and hope to get posting things again.